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Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, as I have been clear in this House all week, we will convene an all-party committee to review the process and to ensure that it is a collaborative one and a thoughtful one. We believe decisions on this issue deserve to be approached in such a manner, and I look forwa

December 11th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, if we want Canadians to trust that their votes really matter, we must be willing, as members of Parliament, to set aside party preoccupations and undertake a serious examination of the way elections work. We want to explore this issue in the right way. That means th

December 11th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, I can appreciate the member opposite's new-found passion for public consultations. Allow me to reiterate. In the months ahead, Canadians will have an ongoing conversation about electoral reform, a conversation that will answer many questions, not just one. I can ap

December 10th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, allow me to try it this way. As part of a national engagement process, we will ensure that electoral reform measures, such as ranked ballot, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting, are fully and fairly studied and considered. As part of tha

December 10th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, we firmly believe that a decision on an issue as important as this deserves a thoughtful and comprehensive process. We will not prejudge the outcome of this process. Early in the new year, I will work with the House leader to convene an all-party parliamentary commit

December 10th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Institutions  Mr. Speaker, Canadians entrusted us with a mission to restore the integrity in our electoral process, to restore fairness, and to ensure that every vote counts. We will deliver on that process, and we have committed to engaging the people of our country, young and young at heart,

December 10th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, for the first time in 10 years, Canadians are being listened to. Canadians voted for change and they voted for a change in our electoral process. We will be delivering on that commitment. I will be working with the government House leader to convene an all-party parl

December 9th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

The Senate  Mr. Speaker, for the first time, we are offering the provinces and territories an open door to be part of this non-partisan, merit-based appointment process. For the first time, we have published the criteria upon which the advisory board will be assessing the merits of these ne

December 9th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, the people of this country deserve to be consulted on a matter as important as democratic institutions.

December 8th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Thanks. This is great.

December 8th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, we were clear in our commitment to the people of this country that this would be the last first-past-the-post federal election in Canadian history, and we will do that by engaging the people of this country, coast to coast to coast, in the robust process that is incl

December 8th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his question, and I remind the 337 other members of Parliament in this House that what we committed to was an open and robust process of consultation. I will not prejudice the outcome of that consultation process by committing to a referen

December 8th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, in this election, Canadians were clear that they were expecting us to deliver a change. This will be the last first past the post federal election in our history. We have committed to listening to Canadians, not just in British Columbia but coast to coast to coast,

December 7th, 2015House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal